Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Of Blog Apparitions and Stuffed Shirts


So it looks like I'm turning into a blog apparition.

I disappeared... and then I reappeared... and then I disappeared yet again, making only random flower cart hauntings here and there in blog land.

Sorry about that. 

I honestly didn't mean to skip another week.  It's just that I had two major distractions in the home place. They were good distractions, though, since they were close encounters of the daughter kind. Not only did Miss Whimsy come home for her fall college break, but The Practical One flew in from DC for a week as well.

Yes indeed, my blog space may have been empty, but my cup was full.

My days were full too, but believe it or not, I don't have a single picture to show for it. I seriously need to get my groove back. 

So instead of pictures from the Great Daughter Adventure, I decided to jump start my blog engines (yet again...) by joining the Note Card Party at A Haven for Vee.  That's where we dust off four pictures from the archives which could be made into note cards.

They don't have to have a theme, but I'm a themey little blog apparition so mine generally do. In celebration of the season, I chose scarecrows. For the past two years, I've given a tour of the scarecrows decorating the business district of my home town. It was difficult to choose four favorites, but I gave it a whirl.


You might recognize this one from my header. 
He guarded the local gift shop.  




This one sat out in front of a book store



A starving artist at the art gallery


And even a Scare Mayor at City Hall


And that's all I have this morning. Thanks once again to those of you who have stuck with me through my unexpected little life detour the past few months. I plan to get back in the blog swing now.

Of course, you know what "they" say, 
If you want to hear God chuckle, tell Him your plans...   . 

60 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

All fun pics! I love the face on the Mayor. Hope they do the scarecrows again this year:@)

kitty said...

What cute note cards all those pics would make!! What a special town you live in, if all the shops decorate like that!!

Debbie said...

Good morning! Love all the scarecrows...soo cute!

How fun to have the daughters there for a whole week! I am jealous! ; )

"If you want to hear God chuckle, tell Him your plans..." isn't that the truth?!

Enjoy your day!

Christine said...

Daughters come first!

Mary said...

Glad you had close encounters of the daughter kind and not the scary kind! Love the scarecrows~ the Mayor in particular, she's a snappy dresser :)

Linda W said...

So good to have a new dose of sunshine from you this morning. Love the scarecrows, hard to have a favorite. Glad your Great Daughter
Adventure was such fun! You know I truly understand!

Denise said...

Yes indeed, those daughters do take precedence over your faithful blog readers but we're so happy to have you back. Love those scarecrows. I hope you'll have an opportunity to show a few new ones from this year. I understand there's a cute fellow in front of the bank.

Hoping and praying that your plans and God's plans are the same cause I really miss you when you're gone. Just sayin'...

Dianne said...

Hey Debbie,
I've been missing you but knew you would return --So glad you got to have that special time with your daughters--somehow those "quantity" times seem to get less and less as the years go by--So they are very precious.

The scarecrows are so different--I love them and glad you did a theme. I may just have to join that note party. Haven't done anything like that in a long time.

Do you think I could do a theme of "weeds?" ha

Good to have you back!

Marla and Steve said...

ITA with Christine. Daughters always come first. :)

Barbara F. said...

Debbie, I am always happy to see a post from you. I am sad you couldn't get to the SBC but you had more important things on your plate. I need to get a post out soon. xo

Kathryn Ross said...

SO WONDERFUL TO HEAR FROM YOU, Debbie!!!! Catching up with my fellow "off the gridder" and seeing you have quite the upset. Whereas I'm wishing I didn't have quite so many working hours in my week - you and hubby are praying for those working hours to be returned to you! But, I know the journey - on that path now - total TRUST. We're depending solely on the Lord - working like dogs and knowing His provision one day at a time. No company to eliminate us - only our Heavenly Father who cares for us greater in every way than we could ever hope for. Just needing a bit of balance - new projects and working out kinks are extremely time consuming.

By the way - as to that sewing nook - forgive me - I'm totally GREEN about it! i bought a wall cabinet with an ironing board for $20 at a yard sale to put in Bethany's room when I take it over next month. Trouble is - I understand she'll be leaving a few too many things for a while . . . ah, me . . .

Joy!
Kathy

Knitty said...

I was going to chastise you for using the photo of me reading, but then I realized your subject had blue eyes, not brown. Apparently everyone does have a nearly identical twin somewhere on earth. ;-)

Ann said...

Glad your week was full of the good kind of interuptions!
Looking forward to more words from you in blogland.

Cheers!

Sue said...

I know you and your girls had the best time last week. And I am having the worst time remembering the camera and blogging about it too. Let me know how you get your "blog" groove back because I need mine too.
I noticed your new header right away. Love it! {and if it's been there forever and I am just now noticing, please be gentle with me ...lol}
Have a great day Debbie!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie,

Ironically, I was just thinking about you this morning and wondering if all was well with you, and then magically, your post appeared on my sidebar. Yay! How great that you got to have BOTH your daughters home this past week; I'm so pleased for you. :)

Your note cards are just terrific -- perfect for the fall season. I love that your town does that every year; fall really is my favorite time of the year. I think the starving artist scarecrow is pretty funny. :D

I really missed you at the blogger's conference, but I followed orders and told Barbara and Heather "Hello" for you. They were really glad to hear from you.

Have a wonderful day, Debbie.

Denise

Susy said...

Hi Debbie ~ I came over from Dianne's blog and enjoyed reading about your closet adventure ~ you're a funny gal (: so great for you to get some daughter time in. And I'm lovin your notecards. Blessings.

Angel said...

I am happy to see your friendly little flower cart make an appearance, just like Casper, whenever possible. Love your scarecrows!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ah we all know family is most important...or we should !
Love the photos you chose.

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Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Welcome back ... again, Ghost Girl. :)

Your scarecrow post was one of my favorites. I love the creativity in your city.

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

All such marvelous scarecrows with such individual personalities. I love each one Debbie, but my favorite is your header pic. Glad you had a grand week with your sweet girls.

Kelley Highway said...

I always love it when you share these "folks" with us!

Glad you enjoyed your family time. *hugs*

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

These are just great...and they got me in the mood for our pumpkin patch visit tomorrow with Benjamin and newly engaged daughter, who hasn't outgrown it yet

Thanks for the prayers..still thinking of you guys! So glad you had a great visit, what a blessing.

Shannon@A Cozy Place Called Home said...

Glad you are back and that things seem to be going well for you. I am sure it was nice having your daughters home at the same time. While you were away the first time I closed Cozy Home Scenes (long story) and started a new blog - A COZY PLACE CALLED HOME. Drop by when you have time. ---------- Shannon

Beth said...

I love the very unique scarecrows you photographed. Love the fall color in your photos as well.

Chatty Crone said...

Daughters before bloggers. Hey I love your postcards. The second one - you have a photo of me there! I look kind of cute!

Vee said...

Well I am glad that you vanished for such a good reason. Sounds like a fun week! These scarecrows are so cute. The starving artist looks like a family member so that's my fav. ☺

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are all so much fun! Perfect for a fun set of notecards!

Lavender Cottage said...

Fun scarecrows - the mayor and her doggie is my favourite!

laurie said...

Those are so cute! I remember seeing you post about this in the past, and I thought it was such a great idea. You can reappear any time you like. I'll be here to see what you have to say. Glad you had a fun week with your girls. laurie

Mevely317 said...

What a cute quartet, Debbie! .... I’m curious (always), if they have names?!

This makes me want to take a stroll down those sidewalks and linger a while with the book store lady!


Happy@Home said...

Very cute note cards. Your town looks like a fun place to live.

Pamela Gordon said...

These scarecrows are really cute and very clever! Fun note cards. Pamela

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Girlfriend, blogging is supposed to be fun, there is no rules or time lines, and guess what, if you lose this job, you can still eat considering the salary we get! So glad you got to enjoy the girls! I love those pics, what a fun town you live in!

Caol

Babs said...

The scarecrows are so much fun and would make great note cards. I'm glad you've had lots of family time, but also glad to see you again. Thanks so much for visiting. I always enjoy "seeing" you.
Hugs,
Babs

Gina said...

What great pictures! What a fun notecard collection they would make!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Debbie, We'll take your posts whenever you are ready to put one up! I always look forward to seeing what you have for us and to your words of wisdom! Oh, yes, much chuckling must go on, but then maybe what is planned for us turns out in ways we could never imagine, being merely humans. Love all scarecrows so these note cards would be a happy addition to my stash. Linda

bj said...

These are the cutest scarecrows I've ever, in my entire life, seen. Just darling and your choice of photos for note cards is just perfect.
I would sure buy these...love 'em

Kathryn Ross said...

Say - just posted on Vee's Note Card Party and know I commented above already - but didn't say anything about your scarecrows - AWESOME! We live near a town where businesses in the quaint downtown area sponsor a lamppost and design scarecrows much like these to be propped up against it. Many - by dress and props in hands - tell a story and are beyond clever. My favorite here - the artist, of course!!
Joy!
Kathy

elizabeth said...

Oh, good, a post from Debbie, big smile....this is what happens when you show up in my Google Reader. :)

Beth Edwards said...

thank you, thank you, thank you for the laughs. these are too funny!! you are so creative. enjoy your fall. (:

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Debbiedoo's said...

Fun Deb! I love that quote, tis so true. Just wing it, we are here. Have a great day.

Snap said...

Debbie, these are great! Your scarecrows brought a smile to my fact this morning. I think the mayor (and the little dog) were my favorite. Wonderful selections for Vee's party. Party on!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hooray that you're back, but who could fault you for taking the time you need to be with family? That's part of the joy of blogging...you can take a little time away and come back stronger than ever. Kinda like a TV show on summer hiatus! :-) The starving artist one is my favorite, but they're all really good. I can just imagine the captions that might be on these post cards! :-) Happy Wednesday!

Sally said...

These are great. Perfect for each setting!

Cheryl said...

Great note card theme...fun photos...lots of smiles! :)

Crickit said...

Love all of the scarecrows! Family ALWAYS comes first! :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love seeing all the different scarecrows...they are all so cleverly made. The skinny-legged one made me lol! Wonderful photos!

Mrs.Rabe said...

We all have times like this where we are busier in our 'real' lives.

So happy you had daughter time! What a treat!

Mine all still live at home, but I know it will leave a huge hole when they move out one day!

Deanna

Sonja said...

Your scarecrows inspired me to head to WalMt. and get pumpkins and mums for the porch in front. They look so pretty... but not nearly as much fun as these pics! :)

Lorrie Orr said...

Love those scarecrows, so happy looking, all of them.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are loved. Don't ever forget it.

And it's always fun to see you post. Glad you got to enjoy the girls.

Love you...

XO,

Sheila

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

Awww....so glad you had a week with the girls! BDJ was home last week and Mini was on fall break....it was awesome and I didn't get pics either! lol Hey, I was about being the mom, not the blogger :) Thanks for sharing the scarecrows.

Canadagirl said...

I can soooooooo relate to appearing and disappearing issue. Life is sooooooo full and I am having a hard time getting it all in. ((sigh)) I am trying to load some pics to make part 2 of my trip ramblings, coming soon! I am glad that the recent distractions were such sweet ones. {o=

Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC
-Mary

Donna Heber said...

Looks like a fabulous town Debbie. Love all those scarecrows including the cute one with the mayor. Life gets busy and I think we all disappear at some point. Glad to have you back.

Miss Char said...

Just got home from my "distraction" too Debbie and haven't had time to post anything new either. Fall is such a special time I just want to enjoy everything before the snow flies (which it did while I was gone) Looking forward to your next post when you have time.

Amy Kinser said...

How fun! I love all the scarecrows!

So glad you got to spend time with your girls. What a blessing and treat!!!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the Scare Mayor!:-)

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

These would make fun postcards ... but I think I stopped by especially for the last line today. Thanks, friend.

Sooner Laura said...

You've been missed. Love the pics but totally understand that time with family (and other things) are sometimes a priority. I've been off my blogging game lately too, but I just remind myself that I didn't start my blog to create another source of stress, I do it when I can and do it at that time with joy!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love them all but the Starving Artist girl was my favorite!

Two daughters at home - how wonderful! Glad your absence was due to something happy and fun!

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